No, that’s not a typo. Today’s review is a Ticket to Ride game, but instead of trains, you make routes with taxis! I’m talking about Ticket to Ride New York!
I have not yet done a review on classic Ticket to Ride, but I will at some point. This version of it was released very recently and is a great, quick game to pick up. Set up is easy as handing out little bags of taxis and shuffling two decks, and dealing cards to each player. The game plays in 10 – 15 minutes, which allows for multiple plays in a short period of time where you can try different strategies or attempt different route ideas.
The gameplay is simple and is taught in just a few minutes. On each players turn, they have 1 of 3 options for tasks they can perform. They can grab two colored transportation cards (unless one is a face up wild – then that is the only card you can grab) from either those face up or from the top of the draw pile. Another option is to discard matching colored cards to place down a line of taxis between two points on the map. The third option is to draw two ticket cards, keeping at least one.
Play continues until a player ends their turn with 2 or fewer taxis. Then every player, including that player, gets one last turn. At the end of the game, points are added for routes on the board, completed tickets, and connected tourist attractions. Tourist attractions are what make this version of Ticket to Ride unique from the others (beside the taxis). The locations with a penny – instead of a red dot – are tourist attractions. You get 1 point for each tourist attraction that you attach to your network with 1 or more routes.
And that’s the game! That’s mainly all you need to know to play Ticket to Ride New York!
My Thoughts: I really like this version of the game. I’ve only played the anniversary edition of Ticket to Ride with the 1920 expansion. I can’t really give you a rank on where I’d put this based on other versions. I’d really like to get my hands on Rails and Sails though! This game though is a fantastic grab. Super simple to teach, quick to set up, and plays in no time at all allowing multiple plays at a time. With the smaller board than typical TTR games, you really have to be aggressive with route planning, because you can easily be cut-off and have to take a long way. However, you also want to keep an eye on the tourist attraction locations and try to link as many as you can into your lines. Overall, I give this game an 8.5/10
- Rating: 7.2
- Playtime: 10 – 15 min
- Complexity: 1.33 / 5
- Mechanisms: Card Drafting, Hand Management, Set Collection, Route/Network Building
- Category: Trains
- MSRP: $20 (Target Exclusive)